Archive
 
Volume 4, Issue 4      October - December, 2016

TESTING ALUMINIUM PHOSPHIDE IN INDIAN CRESTED PORCUPINE BURROWS AS A PEST MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUE IN BANNU, PAKISTAN
 

Ashrafullah Khan1, Muhammad Mushtaq1, Muhammad Sajid Nadeem1,

Amjad Rashid Kayani1 and Irfan Ahmed2

1Department of Zoology, Pir Mehr Ali Shah, Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi, Pakistan,

2Vertebrate Pest Management Programme, National Agricultural Research Centre, Islamabad, Pakistan

 

ABSTRACT

 

Indian crested porcupine (Hystrix indica) is widely distributed and a serious mammal pest of trees, agricultural crops, orchards and vegetables in different environments of Pakistan. Trials were conducted to evaluate the efficacy of aluminium phosphide (phostoxin; 3 g tablets) against Indian crested porcupine, in the field conditions of Bannu district of Pakistan. Results reflected that in case of cropland fumigation trials, two tablets of phostoxin were not effective in reduction of porcupine burrow activity in small sized burrows, while 66.7% reduction could be achieved by applying four tablets. A 100% reduction in burrow activity was recorded in case of medium and large sized burrows, where 6 – 12 tablets were applied. In the non-cropland area, in case of small sized burrows, two tablets of phostoxin could not be effective in reduction of burrow activity, while in case of four tablets, only, 33.4% reduction could be achieved. Similarly, in case of medium and large sized burrows, 6 – 10 tablets were effective in 100% reduction of porcupine burrow activity. It is suggested that aluminum phosphide fumigation is effective in controlling porcupine population in the cropland and non-cropland areas, if the fumigation dose is optimized.

Keywords:  Porcupine control, burrow size, fumigation, cropland, non-cropland.

Download PDF

FacebookTwitterEmailWhatsApp
 
     
 
 
 
Asian Journal of Agriculture and Biology © 2017  
Asian Journal of Agriculture and Biology is licensed under a 
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.